Define Drama-1 - Terms And Definitions Tragedy -Tragedy is...

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Terms And Definitions Tragedy -Tragedy is an imitation of action that is serious, complete, of significant mag- nitude, depicted with rhythmic language and/or song, in the form of action (not narrative), that produces a 'purgation' of pity and fear in the audience. Greek tragedy was structured by alternating dialogue with song, usually in a repeating pattern. The Chorus , which sung the songs (and danced as well) would then comment on the action that had just happened in song, as well as sometimes predicting what was to happen next. Catharsis - the commingling of fear and pity in an audience for the hero, and fear that his fate could befall us. While pity is the result of any combination of reversal and recog- nition, fear can only be a product of reversal and recognition crafted into a surprising ending to the plot. And indeed, the absolute pinnacle of tragedy comes when surprise, reversal, recognition, and suffering are united around the core spine of the story in a swift blow to the audience. Peripeteia
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2011 for the course ENGL 410 taught by Professor Brockmann during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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